Opera moves! SummerFest 2015 is four weeks of opera sung in English, an international recital series, a children's opera, and more! Enjoy the world premiere of our newly-commissioned A New Kind of Fallout, two versions of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Richard Strauss' enchanting Capriccio, and Damn Yankees, the all-American musical. Performances take place at the historic Twentieth Century Club in Oakland from July 10 – August 2.

Plan to spend this July in the gorgeous Twentieth Century Club surrounded by great music. Tickets and money-saving subscription packages are now on sale! 

Summerfest 2015 Season Preview


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart's classic comic opera meets Downton Abbey at SummerFest 2015! The Count has his eye on his valet's fiancée, who happens to be his wife's chambermaid. The Countess is being pursued by Cherubino, disguised as a girl so as not to raise the Count's suspicions. Upstairs meets downstairs in this glorious romp set in the early 20th century.

Richard Strauss | Capriccio

Words or music? This is the dilemma that the Countess Madeleine must wrestle with, as two suitors (one a poet, the other a composer) vie for her love. Which will the Countess choose? Strauss' luminous and lovely final opera contains charming music that belies its composition in the midst of war in October of 1942. SummerFest performances of Capriccio represent the second year of a planned four-year Strauss cycle, focusing on ravishing but lesser-known works by this 20th century master. 

Richard Adler and Jerry Ross | Damn Yankees

America's favorite pastime meets the Broadway stage in Damn Yankees, Adler and Ross' 1955 musical. Washington Senators fan Joe Boyd wishes his team had a great hitter, and, in a Faustian deal with the devil (and the devil's assistant, Lola), becomes the team's savior—until he has second thoughts and tries to return to his previous life. The action is propelled by great songs such as "You Gotta Have Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants." Think you already know Damn Yankees? Think again, because SummerFest puts a new spin on the ball in a role-reversed version of this classic favorite.

Gilda Lyons | A New Kind of Fallout

A New Kind of Fallout is the world premiere of a new Eco-Opera inspired by the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's seminal book, Silent Spring. With music by New York-based composer Gilda Lyons, and a libretto by acclaimed Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan, A New Kind of Fallout follows a typical Pittsburgh family thrown into conflict by the environmental warnings issued in Silent Spring, its themes of stewardship and renewal, and the very personal impact on one family and their unborn child.

The development process for A New Kind of Fallout includes a series of public workshops—we encourage you to join the conversation.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Figaro Redux

Ariadne on Naxos
Ariadne on Naxos, SummerFest 2014
Photo by Patti Brahim

Not so sure about opera? Then Figaro Redux is for you, in our slightly shorter, edgier version of The Marriage of Figaro. You'll follow the cast around the building (nursing a cocktail, if you like!), with each act set in a different space in the spectacular Twentieth Century Club. This one is all about sex and class: it was banned when first written, and later launched the French Revolution. And it is as radical and subversive and entertaining today as it was then!

Wallace DePue | The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

DePue's delightful True Story of the Three Little Pigs makes a great introduction to opera for families and children of all ages. With familiar characters (and some you didn't expect!), an up-close and casual performance space, and an attention-friendly 40-minute duration, this is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to discover together the joys of music drama. 

SummerFest Recital Series

Our global recital series offers a trip around the world, all from within the comfort of the Twentieth Century Club.

  • Russia—Andrey Nemzer in Recital
  • France—Daphne Alderson in Recital: a program of music by Edith Piaf and Leonard Cohen
  • Belgium—Winners of the 2014 SummerFest Europe International Voice Competition in Verviers
  • United States—Young Artist Program artists sing American art songs
  • Italy—Young Artist Program artists present classic opera arias and duets
  • Germany—Young Artist Program artists dazzle with art songs by Franz Schubert

Much, much more!

As always, SummerFest 2015 will offer scrumptious dining, masterclasses, free late night cabaret performances after selected mainstage shows, pre-show talks, and more. Plan your visit now.